Smoky Grapefruit Gin and Tonic

Gin and tonics are meant for long afternoons overlooking lakes, porches, and thick novels.

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Smoky grapefruit gin and tonic. Eric Medsker

Meant for long afternoons overlooking lakes, porches, and thick novels, gin and tonics are the balm of summer. Add a slice of salt-sprinkled grilled grapefruit, and cut the tonic with soda, and the highball grows not only more aromatically complex, but even more refreshing. St. George Botanivore gin, all bergamot and citrus, is grapefruit and tonic’s natural bedfellow.

Makes 1 cocktail


1 half-wheel slice of pink grapefruit
2 oz. gin
1/2 oz. grapefruit juice
2 oz. tonic
2 oz. soda
Sea salt


Build a medium-heat fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill to medium. (Alternatively, heat a cast-iron grill pan over medium-high.) Place grapefruit on grill and cook, turning once, until lightly charred, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside.

To an ice-filled rocks glass, add gin and grapefruit juice. Top with tonic and soda, and garnish with grilled grapefruit slice sprinkled with sea salt.

This recipe was originally featured on our sister site, Saveur, on May 27, 2016

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